Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/26/11 at 03:35 PM ET
Well then. According to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman, Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux’s teammates believe that the NHL’s witnessing the birth of a new superstar:
The first glimpse of Claude Giroux’s superstar status came March 14, 2010, in the waning seconds of a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. As time was ticking down in regulation, Giroux flipped a picture-perfect saucer pass over two Blackhawks defenders that landed flat on Chris Pronger’s blade for an easy deposit into the Chicago net with 2.1 seconds left in what became a 3-2 Flyers victory. Watching from the bench was then-teammate Simon Gagne, who was reminded of another ex-Flyer.
“Maybe it’s too early to make some comparisons with Peter Forsberg,” Gagne told NHL.com, “but I did play with Peter, and he (Giroux) has pretty much the same style.”
Fast forward a year and after a preseason game Sept. 26, Jaromir Jagr had his own flashback while watching Giroux.
“Mario Lemieux,” Jagr said. “A little Mario Lemieux, a little bit smaller – but he can see it. … You have to be watching all the time, because you never know when the puck is coming.”
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